Strange inks minor-league deal with Twins

NEW YORK -- Pat Strange signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins on Monday, ending his seven-year affiliation with the New York Mets.

Strange, a 24-year-old righthander from Springfield, Mass., was a second round choice of the Mets in the June 1998 draft.

He appeared in 11 games with the major league club in 2002 and 2003. In 17.0 innings, Strange allowed 12 runs and 19 hits for a 6.35 ERA, walking 12 and striking out nine.

Last season, Strange was 10-9 with a 5.25 ERA in 29 games (19 starts) for the Norfolk Tides (AAA) of the International League. In 135.1 innings, he walked 53 and struck out 88.

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